A loan of $1,150 helped a member to purchase sundry equipment, seeds, and farm inputs.

Yiriwaton 3 Group's story

The ten women of "Yiriwaton 3" are married in traditional families, and they average 38 years of age and four children each, all living in the village of Darabougou, in Région de Ségou (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They know one another through their rainy season farm work and through ties of community, married, and kinship in the village. They grow peanuts, millet, and rice.

With the goal of purchasing sundry equipment and stocking up on farm inputs, the group members found out about the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their fourth farm loan cycle.

Ms. Maimouna (first woman standing from the left in the photo) is a great leader of rainy season farm work in the village of Darabougou. She intends to use her loan to purchase some tools, seeds, and farm inputs. At the end of the season, the produce is sold for cash to pay back the loan and finally to have the revenues to support the children, as well as the family.

In this group: Maimouna , Maimouna , Fatoumata , Koni , Maimouna , Bintou , Maimouna A, Baoumou , Yaaya , Bintou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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